Move More, Eat Smarter: Simple Changes Could Help Reduce Obesity in Europe, Says Prof. James O. Hill, US Obesity Expert
LIVERPOOL, England, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
14 May 2013 – European Congress on Obesity 2013
Small changes to daily physical activity and diet could help Europe’s adults fight
obesity, according to Professor James O. Hill, PhD, from University of Colorado’s School
of Medicine, Denver, Colorado USA. Speaking at ‘Small changes, big difference: An
innovative approach to sustained weight loss, an International Sweeteners Association
(ISA) sponsored event at the European Congress for Obesity 2013′, Professor Hill argues
that the current focus on a single cause for rising levels of obesity is an
The reason for continued weight gain is not overeating or an inactive lifestyle on its
own, but rather a combination of too much food and not enough exercise. As an expert in
obesity and weight management, Professor Hill believes the answer lies in taking action on
both sides of the equation in order to lose weight and achieve energy balance.
Research into energy balance shows that the body quickly compensates for reduction in
energy intake, by conserving energy. ‘Few people can maintain significant food restriction
- as with a low calorie diet – over a long period of time because we are programmed for
survival, not starvation,’ says Professor Hill.
‘The solution is an innovative approach using small and sustainable changes to our
diet and physical activity patterns. When these changes are made part of our everyday
lives, we benefit without feeling deprived.’ According to Professor Hill, evidence from
the US National Registry of Weight Control shows that most people who maintain long-term
weight loss adopt this approach.
Professor Hill calls the changes needed to lower body weight the ‘energy gap’. These
may include small changes such as moving more by walking an extra 2,000 steps each day or
‘eating smarter’, by making one or two simple substitutions from higher to lower calorie
choices each day. People find this much more achievable because they can make small
changes successfully. And over time, a lot of small changes can add up to a significant
More than half (52%) of the adult population in the European Union is overweight or
obese, according to the OECD. Obesity varies among countries, from a low of around 8% in
Romania (and Switzerland) to over 25% in Hungary and the United Kingdom (26.1%).
Professor Hill believes low calorie sweeteners have an important role to play in
helping people with long-term weight management. They give people the satisfaction of
enjoying sweet taste without adding calories.
Professor Hill co-founded the National Weight Control Registry, a registry of
individuals in the US who have been successful in maintaining reduced body weight. He is
also co-founder of America on the Move, a national weight gain prevention initiative, and
is past President of the American Society for Nutrition.
About the ISA
The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) is a non-profit making organisation
that represents European manufacturers and users of low calorie sweeteners.
It is recognised by the European Commission, national and international regulatory
authorities, and the World Health Organisation.
For more information visit: http://www.sweeteners.org
About Professor James O. Hill
Prof. James O. Hill, Ph.D., is a pioneer scientist in the areas of physical activity,
nutrition and energy balance. He is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine. He holds a B.S.
degree from the University of Tennessee and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of
New Hampshire in Physiological Psychology. Dr. Hill is the Founding Executive Director of
the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical
Campus. He is cofounder of the National Weight Control Registry, a registry of individuals
who have successfully maintained significant weight loss. He is cofounder of America on
the Move, a national initiative to prevent weight gain by inspiring Americans to make
small changes in how much they eat and move. He was a member of the Expert Panel on
Obesity of the National Institutes of Health that developed the first US guidelines for
the treatment and prevention of obesity. He has also served as the first chair of the
World Health Organization Consultation on Obesity. Dr. Hill has published more than 500
scientific articles and book chapters, and is co-author of the Step Diet Book and The
State of Slim (to be published August 2013). He lectures worldwide on obesity, health and
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